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Derek Hough Executive Produces “Dance Rivals” for GSN

Another series in development for Derek – I guess when we don’t see him it doesn’t mean he’s idle. :-)  For those wondering, this appears to be a reality show and is NOT the same as “Blackpool” which is a scripted drama he’s doing with Julianne for Starz. Also, Derek commented in an interview recently that he and Julianne were working on a live Vegas show – but then he shut up real fast. :-)  From Deadline:

ORIGINAL SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT
DANCE RIVALS
The hotbed of dancing in the United States can be found in an unlikely location. The population of Orem, Utah is only 84,000— yet one in 40 is a dancer. Several of Orem’s dancers have gone on to win regional, national and world championships. But succeeding in Orem isn’t easy. The city is home to two of the most elite dance studios in America, each owned by a fiercely competitive and hard-driving dance instructor. The studios are just a stone’s throw from one another…and the owners used to be partners! Needless to say, the rivalry between the dance studios and their owners is as fierce as the competition among the dancers. Each week, the studios participate in dance competitions and each week they fight for 1st and 2nd positions—always with the ultimate goal of triumphing over the other. DANCE RIVALS is produced by H2R Productions with Derek Hough, Christian Horner, Adam Rosenblatt and Jamie Rosenblatt serving as Executive Producers.

April 10, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Confessionals Released For Week 4

I just love these, do you? And this one is a bit more serious than usual and rightfully so. Poor Lisa and Gleb! :(

ADDING: And here is a video for International viewers. Thanks so much to Jimmbboe for his help always!!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

More on Derek Hough and Brilynn Rakes – DWTS 16, Week 4, AT&T Spotlight Dance

Just beautiful. Derek talks a bit with Xfinity about dancing with Brilynn:

“She was born with serious vision problems. She’s legally blind. She’ll never drive. She has to wear these special contacts which protect her eyes because she’s incredibly light sensitive. But through all that, where her sight is seriously impaired, she’s become this amazing dancer. For your vision being an important thing, you’d think, for dancing, she’s managed to find ways to make it work. She’s an inspiration.”

“DWTS” viewers will see that Derek choreographed a contemporary ballet piece for Brilynn to the Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ song “Stars.” “The chorus of the song is, ‘I Can’t Look at the Stars,’” Derek noted. “[But] I can’t believe she’s legally blind.”

The longtime hoofer said Brilynn, who took private lessons for years with Orange County, Calif., dance teacherJayne Persch, can only see shapes a few feet in front of her and can’t detect color. “When she watches TV, she has to get two inches from it and look at it sideways because her peripheral vision is better than her direct vision.”

Brilynn melted Derek’s heart when he learned she had used what little vision she has to watch him on “DWTS.” “She thought she was going to be doing a solo on the show and I kind of came in and surprised her; [producers] said she really likes you on the show; she thinks she’s doing a solo and we want you to surprise her and do a duet.”

Derek said he’s learned a lot from Brilynn as they’ve rehearsed for their big number. “She emulates what I try to live my life by, which is, just following your bliss, your passion, what you love. She did that, even with the restriction in her eyesight. She just loves dancing and followed it, even with her vision. She’s just found a way and we can all take a page out of her book,” Derek told xfinityTV.

“When I watch her dance, I’m surprised how she knows where I am and she can sense me. There are moments we spread apart and I have to make a noise so she can find me and we run into each other. I live for moments like that on the show.”

Derek expects Tuesday to mean a great deal to him: “I can’t help but tear up when I’m dancing with her. It’s pretty special.”

Brilynn talks about dancing and dancing with Derek.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS16 Week 5: Dance Details Revealed, Celebs Have Two Dances To Learn, Past Pros Returning

So, let’s go straight to George Pennacchio from On The Red Carpet. He talked with 6 of the remaining couples after the show last night. Note that they have TWO dances next week….one where they have two pros join them for their individual dance and a Group Number to dance in as well.

First up, Zendaya and Val! These two have the Argentine Tango next week. Maks and Anna will be dancing with them at the beginning of their dance. Zendaya is looking forward to the challenge and dancing with Maks (more on this at the end of this post too with an article from E News!).

Andy and Sharna were scared last night. They are so relieved to be coming back. Sharna then explains their new dance and how two pros will join them in the beginning. They have to do synchronized dancing with them and then they do their solo dance. It will be ‘frightening and exciting at the same time’. They have a Paso Doble which will have fire, power, and intensity and a little bit of “Andy Dick” flavoring with a character and a story. Sharna also explains the Group dance that they will be a part of. Sharna also mentions how she’s dancing in a dance number that Derek and Mark are choreographing. (they have me so excited again. I can’t wait!)

Kym and Ingo have a Cha Cha next week!!! Ingo’s back hurts and Kym tells him he has to move his hips. They will be dancing with Tony Dovolani and Emma Slater. Kym reassures Ingo that he will be ok and they will help him look good and not the worst.

Sean plans to work harder this week. He feels he disappointed Peta and wants to do better and blow everyone away. Peta explains their two new dances and how they will have to practice 10 extra hours this week for the Group dance. For their individual dance, they have the Quickstep. Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Post Elimination Media With Lisa Vanderpump And Gleb Savchenko

And so we say good-bye to another couple from Dancing With The Stars Season 16: Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko. What I’ll remember about these two is they were both so refreshing from the time they stepped out on the dance floor. Many fans were wishing for changes this season and these two new faces and personalities couldn’t have been more perfect. Both were full of air, fun, brightness, class, and grace. What’s more Lisa had a wicked and sexy sense of humor that stopped Gleb and many of us in our tracks on occasion. Though on the serious side, I always thought she was much harder on herself than she needed be and in the end, this and her other commitments got the best of her. I think she could have stayed around a few more weeks if only she would have been able to throw all of those things to the wind and danced, but, it just got too hard in the end and her mind and body couldn’t handle it. On the plus and most importantly, Lisa has gained some new fans (one being myself), not to mention the new friends she met along the way, and she helped introduce us to a new pro dancer that most all of us are loving!!!! That’s what I’ll always remember about her and I’ll miss her cute little dog Jiggy too.

With all that said, here is a new interview after their elimination with On The Red Carpet….

Stay tuned. We may have more with these two a little later.xx

ADDING: Here they are with Afterbuzz….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.